Odisha: Noted Ollywood director Manmohan Mahapatra no more

Bhubaneswar: Eminent Ollywood director and producer Manmohan Mahapatra today passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 69.

Manmohan won eight consecutive national film awards for his films. Some of his critically acclaimed films are Nishita Swapna, Majhi Pahacha, Tired Afternoon, Neeraba Jhada, Seeta Raati and Bhinna Samaya.

He made couple of short films and then directed Neerab Jhada that won him another National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia.

His first film Seeta Raati made in 1976 was the first Odia film to be screened at international film festival in 1982.

Born in 1951, Manmohan studied Film Making at the FTII, Pune, and made a first short film Anti-Memoirs in 1975.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolence over the sad demise of Manmohan.

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